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Internal and external factors cause the skin to age. As we age, collagen and other supporting tissues in the deeper layers of the skin decrease, causing the skin to lose elasticity. Excessive sun exposure, air pollution, stress, and chronic ill health can speed up the process. Aesthetic and surgical treatments for men are now gaining importance. Here is some:
Laser Treatments: New technology is giving a boost to laser treatments, which are good for treating pigmentation and other skin problems. Carbon dioxide and erbium lasers are good options. Botulinum toxin and skin filler injections: Fat is a very good, popular and natural filler. Botox is a protein that paralyzes muscles and prevents them from contracting, thus smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP): This is a simple, fast and effective therapy that restores radiance. A small amount of blood is taken from the patient, centrifuged (spun at high speed) to separate the platelet-rich plasma, and then injected into the skin of the face using a fine needle.
Autologous fat transplant: fat is taken from a part of the body, purified and injected into the facial area. With new techniques, fat can be processed to extract fat stem cells, which have better potential for rejuvenation and repair. This technique is called nano-fat grafting and can be combined with microneedling.
Thermage: Also known as a âmidday liftâ, this is a rapid, non-invasive facial rejuvenation technique. A handpiece delivers radiofrequency heat energy into the layers of the skin containing collagen, stimulating collagen to renew and repair itself, thereby adding volume and improving the texture of facial skin.
HIFU Skin Firming: This is a new cosmetic treatment that is a non-invasive and painless replacement for facelifts. Surgical Face Lift: This is useful when the degree of sagging and wrinkling is unlikely to be corrected by non-surgical techniques. It is done under general anesthesia.
The author is senior consultant and cosmetic surgeon, Apollo Hospital, New Delhi